As Manchester United fall to Arsenal, Arteta has encouraged his players to go to the fans and celebrate victories. It’s been a tough start for Arsenal, but the fans have responded well to the team’s never-say-die mantra. Despite a 5-0 loss to Manchester City on Sunday, the team’s players returned to the Emirates Stadium with an unrivalled sense of ownership.
Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United
According to Sky Sports, Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United this summer. He wants to join another club in the UEFA Champions League and challenge for trophies. Manchester United are not keen to sell him. The Portuguese striker scored 24 goals last season but many critics have questioned whether his temperament would have been a negative for the club. In the meantime, Ronaldo has been back in his native Portugal with his family.
While Manchester United have insisted that they have no intention of selling their superstar this summer, they have also made no moves for a replacement. Their stance on the matter has been tempered by the fact that the new manager, Erik ten Hag, is keen to work with the Portuguese. After three successful seasons at United, Ronaldo left for Real Madrid in 2009 and then Juventus in 2018. He went on to win more trophies at both clubs. In recent weeks, United have been making their international players report for training in the coming days. The 31-player squad is travelling to Thailand for a pre-season tournament.
A’satisfactory offer’ from another club will be enough for Ronaldo to leave Manchester United. The Portuguese forward has one year left on his current two-year deal, but has previously said he’s open to leaving the club if he’s offered more money. Despite the uncertainty, Manchester United are still hopeful that they can convince Ronaldo to stay at Old Trafford. So, how will they do that?
He wants to emulate Lionel Messi
As the Premier League continues to get better, Edu wants to emulate the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Spanish duo have been at the top of their game for a decade and are on the cusp of retirement. The young Argentinian has started learning English and is preparing for his upcoming showdown against Real Madrid.
Despite the recent transfer rumours, the club are determined to keep Messi. The club’s half-brother, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, claims that talks with the player’s camp have now been concluded. The club has yet to announce the outcome of the negotiations. Meanwhile, Manchester United are in a bid to lure Renato Sanches from Lille, with Juventus reportedly entering the race.
Arsenal are also targeting the Paris Saint-Germain attacking duo. Both Draxler and Sarabia have largely been peripheral figures at the club. The signing of Messi will cut down their game-time and make the two players more central to Arsenal’s attack. They also have the advantage of being proven internationals, with Draxler in particular capable of playing in the creative role. Pablo Sarabia can play out wide if necessary.
He wants to be at a club with a “winning mentality”
It’s no surprise that the new technical director of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, wants to be part of a club with a “winning mentalities.” Edu was part of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ squad, which won the 2004 Premier League without losing a game. His desire to be at an Arsenal side that possesses that mentality is a direct result of his time with the Gunners.
The young Brazilian was a member of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ squad in 2004 and joined Emery’s Valencia team in 2009. After the Copa America success with Brazil, Edu joined the Gunners. While on pre-season tour in the United States, Edu wants to play at a club with a “winning mentality”.
He wants to take a 30% wage cut at Atletico Madrid
The Brazilian forward has told his agent Jorge Mendes that he is prepared to accept a 30% wage cut at Atletico in order to leave Manchester United. The striker is interested in joining a Champions League side and is willing to accept a significant wage cut to do so. He is also keen to join a team with a European Cup or Champions League qualification. Nonetheless, despite the shaky negotiations, Edu wants to move to a club where he can play in the Champions League.
The club’s financial situation has been severely affected by the coronavirus outbreak and a 30% wage cut would be a huge saving for the Spanish champions. Real Madrid and Barcelona have already agreed to reduce their wages by as much as EUR230m. Edu wants to accept a 30% wage cut at Atletico Madrid in order to play in the Spanish capital. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is keen on leaving Man United this summer. He has reportedly been frustrated with the club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.
Atletico Madrid have a hefty wage cap. Antoine Griezmann, whose salary is now PS30 million, has also requested a pay cut of 30% in order to join the club. Currently, Griezmann earns PS300,000 a week while Ronaldo earns EUR360,000. Griezmann’s pay cut of 30% could prove to be a crucial factor in sealing the deal.